Glasgow City Council pledges 25,000 new homes by 2025
To be delivered in partnership with the public and private sectors, the announcement forms part of the council’s People Make Glasgow Home housing strategy.
This strategy will see council-owned land released for the development of affordable homes as well as self and custom-built housing, additional help for first time buyers seeking mortgages and the conversion of empty shops into housing.
Twenty sites have already been identified in areas including Castlemilk, Drumchapel and Easterhouse in the first year of the programme with the council also piloting private rented sector partnerships.
Priority will also be given to the canal corridor around north Glasgow for the delivery of new homes.
The 10-point Housing Acceleration Plan to deliver these 25,000 new homes includes:
- An accelerated programme for releasing large residential sites for private housing developments, including locations in Castlemilk, Drumchapel and Easterhouse within the first year.
- Acceleration of the Transformational Regeneration Areas programme to deliver up to 6500 homes through special purpose regeneration vehicle Transforming Communities: Glasgow.
- Council-nominated sale to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) of 20 sites for affordable housing development within a year.
- Glasgow City Council will work in partnership with the Wheatley Group and the Scottish Government to deliver the Wheatley Group’s commitment to develop 1700 affordable new homes in the city between 2015 - 2022.
- Investigate new private rented housing supply with a pilot Glasgow Private Rented Sector Development Partnership and through working with partner organisations to develop delivery models.
- Establish a Memorandum of Understanding with Scottish Canals to increase regeneration activity - including the building of more homes - around the Canal Corridor as part of the regeneration of North Glasgow.
- An action plan to bring empty homes and underused space above shops and long-term empty retail units into effective residential use.
- Publication of a Statement on Student Accommodation, in partnership with the city’s education establishments, within a year.
- Increasing the range of housing options on offer, including Self-Build and Custom-Build plots.
- Helping first-time buyers to access home ownership by establishing a pilot Glasgow Mortgage Guarantee Scheme in partnership with Glasgow Credit Union.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, unveiled the strategy at a housing construction site in Laurieston.
He said: “While there have been tremendous examples of new housing developments in Glasgow in recent years, such as the Athletes’ Village and Laurieston, the city needs to accelerate housebuilding to meet changing and growing demand. The huge scope of housing activity that the council will be enabling, supporting and investing in over the next decade will truly transform Glasgow. We look forward to working with partners in both private and public sector housing to deliver 25,000 homes by 2025. While the under-supply of housing is a national concern, we are determined to ensure Glasgow is at the forefront of tackling the issue, and will consider all feasible options for doing so. The building of these homes will bring tremendous economic and social benefits for the city, with the huge number of jobs and apprenticeships required to deliver new housing on such a scale.”
Bill Robertson, chairman of Robertson Group, said: “We welcome this commitment by Glasgow City Council to a strategy which will ensure that the growing demand for housing in the city is met. Today marks an important milestone in both the city’s regeneration plans and its stakeholders, including our company. Urban Union is a company created by Robertson Group and McTaggart Construction in 2011, targeting opportunity in regeneration throughout the country. The company is growing quickly and is currently operating in Glasgow and Edinburgh on projects leading to the production of 1500 homes. The Laurieston Project has been a great success and Urban Union are delighted to be a part of it to date.”
Gary Climson, managing director of McTaggart Construction, said: “With confidence in the sector growing and an accelerating demand for affordable housing in Glasgow this announcement will provide a valuable boost to supply. We firmly believe this commitment by Glasgow City Council will further support the delivery of public sector housing in the city, driving the realisation of Glasgow’s newest city centre quarter and enabling us to continue our ambition to create quality homes and communities throughout Scotland. We look forward to progressing to the next phase of the project as part of the Urban Union consortium.”
Gordon Sloan, chair of Glasgow Housing Association, which is part of Wheatley Group, added: “One of our priorities is to help increase the number of affordable homes for people in communities across Glasgow. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government to bring forward plans for 1700 more homes in the city.”
Prior to the housing boom of the early - mid 2000s, around 1500 private houses were built in Glasgow every year. Following the financial crisis of 2008/9, house building activity has not returned to these levels, with 1179 private houses currently under construction in the city.
Housing activity supports economic growth, with investment in housing creating multiplier effects through support for the construction industry. This has a larger economic impact than other industries by creating jobs and training, not just for new supply housing but also for the repair and maintenance of existing housing. The £700 million to be invested in housing in Glasgow over the next five years will generate £1.37 billion for the city’s economy in that time.
An annual People Make Glasgow Home report will be published to provide information on the strategy’s progress.
Industry body Homes for Scotland has applauded Glasgow City Council’s housing aspiration and called on other councils to follow its lead.
Philip Hogg, chief executive of the organisation, said: “There is a chronic undersupply of housing right across Scotland which particularly affects our young people and growing families.
“With our member companies looking forward to helping Glasgow achieve its ambitious goal of ensuring 25,000 homes by 2025, we applaud the vision that the council is demonstrating today and hope other Local Authorities follow its lead to ensure we have enough homes to meet the diverse housing needs of our growing population.”